E. Coli Probe Focuses On Lettuce From Arizona

Two people briefed on the probe say the FDA is focusing its investigation on lettuce grown in Arizona as a possible source for an E. coli outbreak.

At least 19 people in Ohio, New York and Michigan have been sickened, including students on three college campuses, prompting a recall throughout much of the country.

Freshway Foods of Sidney, Ohio, said it was recalling romaine lettuce sold under the Freshway and Imperial Sysco brands in 23 states and the District of Columbia.

The FDA says three of those sickened were hospitalized with life-threatening symptoms. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's looking at 10 other cases probably linked to the outbreak.

The New York state Public Health Laboratory in Albany discovered the contamination in a bag of Freshway Foods shredded romaine lettuce on Wednesday.

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  • by Derek Location: Greenville on May 8, 2010 at 05:02 AM
    Go ahead and vote conservative Anonymous in 2012. It is not going to change a thing. Remember, capitalism is for profit, and the best way to make a profit is to have a low operating cost. Why is that important? You hire cheap labor, people willing to work for less than minimum wage and without benefits. That's how farmers and corporations make money, the less you pay your workers, the more money you make for the company. Go ahead and vote for a conservative, they know how to keep money, they'll just turn a blind eye much like Bush did. This isn't a political problem, it is a Corporate America problem. And let's be honest here, I like cheap fruits and vegetables, don't you?
  • by Anonymous on May 7, 2010 at 04:50 PM
    I have NEVER eaten raw veggies in my life! I always cook my food. And no, I never have eaten a salad.
  • by okayheregoes on May 7, 2010 at 03:54 PM
    This just goes to show your produce shouldn't be traveling across country to your table... Support your local farmers or grow your own. If you can't get it within 200 miles of home, you might want to re-think eating it. Eat local, eat organic for your health!
  • by Anonymous on May 7, 2010 at 02:33 PM
    You don't have any republics or democrats that are true concervatives, with old time values that have been all but lost.
  • by Anonymous on May 7, 2010 at 01:26 PM
    The amount of work us Americans do all our life then retire at 62 or 65,Foreigners can get right away with their free pass for everything from housing to heat phone cable etc.Lets remember to vote concervative in 2012
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on May 7, 2010 at 12:56 PM
    Forgive me, but I am not a fan of buying those supposed 'pre-washed lettuce' bags, no matter what company. I am a fan of buying real produce, washing it yourself, cutting it up yourself. Buyer beware policy. Do you really trust a large company to 'pre-wash' your lettuce by hand on your behalf? No, it goes down a conveyer belt and is sprayed, or into a big agitating vat in a 'dip' of chlorox/etc. Machines take care of much of this process. My advice is don't rely so much on conveniency; buy your own and do the job yourself.
  • by Anonymous on May 7, 2010 at 11:18 AM
    The childrens medicine was from NJ that was contaminated. Seems we need to be very careful about what products we purchace that are made or grown here in the USA.
  • by Fred Location: NC on May 7, 2010 at 08:12 AM
    Funny the lettuce is from Arizona. Wonder if it was contaminated intentionally.
  • by xray J Location: ENC on May 7, 2010 at 06:35 AM
    Haven't you guys ever watched George Lopez address the E Coli outbreaks during his comedy act?
  • by Bud Location: Washington on May 7, 2010 at 06:04 AM
    Well maybe if they would have ID'd the lettuce before it left the state they could have prevented this problem, to make sure it was in this country legally! They probably coulda looked at the color of the lettuce and been able to judge if it was good lettuce or suspicious lettuce. Any lettuce that resists inspection, ship 'em back across the border! We don't need this lettuce causing problems, taking our social security, getting free housing and all these other handouts that I have to pay for. If the US Govt would actually do what it's supposed to do, Arizona wouldn't have to pass extra legislation to defend their borders. Silly lettuce...you thought you could get away with this...well NOT in Arizona!
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